Copy cat is a great activity to bond with tamariki while promoting physical and mental growth. This simple activity involves copying actions, which is a proven method for learning and helps create positive memories for both tamariki and whānau.

Why do it?

  • Copying is one of the most powerful ways that a child learns.
  • Active play helps tamariki to get stronger, more coordinated, more confident and more skilled.
  • Repeated experiences cause physical growth and changes in a child's brain.
  • Play helps to form good memories with parent and child and eases any tension and stress.
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How to do it

You’ll need: Two or more people

  1. Find some space indoors or outdoors.
  2. Take turns to choose an action for everyone to copy.
  3. You might do five hops, ten star jumps or a fancy dance move!
  4. What happens to your heart beat? Can you feel it?

Extra: Talk about heart rate and why being active is good for us!

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